“The Adults Are Talking” by The Strokes

The Strokes’ “The Adults Are Talking” is a love song. This fact becomes most evident in the outro, where the singer is telling the addressee that he ‘don’t want anything or anyone’ unless it is her. Also it is indicated in the chorus that this lady is now involved with another man, yet the singer is convinced she is still in love with him. Or perhaps more to the point is that he still has feelings for her. 

But other parts of the song, as in the verses themselves, are a bit challenging to decipher. In fact when “The Adults Are Talking” was initially heard by the masses via an unofficial fan-filmed video, NME actually said the tune sounded like it was “written by an AI bot”. But we also know that rock-and-rollers in particular have an affinity for using the most-elaborate metaphors imaginable to get their ideas across. 

And all things considered, we can conclude that what Julian Casablancas is singing about is based on two general themes. One is that his ex-girlfriend is now dealing with another lover. And the other is that despite this, he is still in love with her. Moreover the title of the track would allude to the idea that people are gossiping about their situation, though it does not seem that particular topic is explored within the lyrics.

Lyrics of "The Adults Are Talking"

Facts about “Adults Are Talking”

The members of The Strokes, Moretti, Valensi, Fraiture, Hammond Jr. and Casablancas, are the credited writers of this song. And the tune was produced by the iconic Rick Rubin.

The Strokes premiered this tune during a live performance back on 13 May 2019. 

It will be officially released by RCA Records and Cult Records on 10 April 2020 as part of the band’s album entitled “The New Abnormal”. This project birthed a number of singles, including “At The Door” and “Bad Decisions“.

8 Responses

  1. Will says:

    I think he is singing about a guy he has had a secret fling with. The two are interested in each other, but in some unacceptable way.

  2. Tippler says:

    Analyzing this as a singer-songwriter, the song can definitely take on a few different themes within the verses & chorus. The first verse seems very political to me: “you’re sophisticated, over educated.” To me, it sounds like a statement of an ignorant person that doesn’t understand facts. Another line that falls into the political theme is: “information’s here, here & everywhere.” For the most part, the song definitely has more of a romantic theme. Great music, nonetheless.

  3. PAOK says:

    Bolches yarboclos

    The tune is indeed catchy, but the lyrics are somewhat obscure.

  4. Kyle says:

    Honestly, I feel like the singer is talking about how their partner is venturing off with other lovers and is afraid of losing them. “Don’t go there cause you’ll never return” But his partner knows that he’s the one for them hence the line “I know you think of me when you think of her”

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